Just Like Jesus

Lately, I’ve kinda felt like Jesus. Not Jesus when he was kind-hearted and compassionate–blessing the children and touching the lepers. Not Jesus when he was in the miracle groove–oozing healing power onto everyone who touched him or turning a few iffy fish into the best potluck meal ever. Not Jesus when he was impressing (and…

The Gifts of Ministry

The “Friday Five” over at Rev. Gal Blog Pals today is to share the top 5 perks/gifts of ministry. “Perks” and “gifts” seem like quite distinct categories. The “perks” would be my flexible schedule, my travel and continuing ed allowance, my housing tax break, the ability to do a lot of my work from home,…

Happy Birthday to Me!

Yesterday was a snow day, and a couple of the church kids came over to play. During a conversation with the six-year-old, he told me about one of his parents’ friends who was “really old–probably fifty.” So I said, “My birthday is tomorrow. How old do you think I will be?” He tilted his head…

Remembering a Saint

On All Saints Day yesterday, I was particularly thinking of my father-in-law, Dennis Ellett. He died at the terribly young age of 61 on April 28, 2007. His heart just stopped. He never finished building the partially-constructed airplane in his garage. He never carried out his plans to smuggle Bibles into China. He never met…

Faith Practices: Prayer Book

No, not the Book of Common Prayer. We Mennonites don’t have anything as liturgical as that. I’m talking about my own personal prayer notebook. I use my notebook to help me pray for each person in my congregation at least once a week and to help me keep track of special prayer requests. I’ll be…